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Events

  • 1982 – The synthetic chemical element Meitnerium, atomic number 109, is first synthesized at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany.
  • 1958 – United States Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • 1949 – Soviet atomic bomb project: The Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb, known as First Lightning or Joe 1, at Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan.
  • 1916 – The United States passes the Philippine Autonomy Act.
  • 1915 – US Navy salvage divers raise F-4, the first U.S. submarine sunk in an accident.
  • 1911 – Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California.
  • 1898 – The Goodyear tire company is founded.
  • 1885 – Gottlieb Daimler patents the world's first internal combustion motorcycle, the Reitwagen.
  • 1869 – The Mount Washington Cog Railway opens, making it the world's first mountain-climbing rack railway.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: The Battle of Hatteras Inlet Batteries gives Federal forces control of Pamlico Sound.
  • 1842 – Treaty of Nanking signing ends the First Opium War.
  • 1831 – Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction.
  • 1778 – American Revolutionary War: British and American forces battle indecisively at the Battle of Rhode Island.
  • 1758 – The Treaty of Easton establishes the first American Indian reservation, at Indian Mills, New Jersey, for the Lenape.
  • 1728 – The city of Nuuk in Greenland is founded as the fort of Godt-Haab by the royal governor Claus Paarss.
  • 708 – Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time (Traditional Japanese date: August 10, 708).

Births

  • 1992 – Noah Syndergaard, American baseball player
  • 1991 – Deshaun Thomas, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Lea Michele, American actress and singer
  • 1980 – Chris Simms, American football player
  • 1980 – David West, American basketball player
  • 1979 – Ryan Shealy, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Aaron Rowand, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1977 – Devean George, American basketball player
  • 1977 – John Patrick O'Brien, American soccer player
  • 1977 – Roy Oswalt, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Kevin Kaesviharn, American football player
  • 1976 – Pablo Mastroeni, Argentine-American soccer player and manager
  • 1975 – Kyle Cook, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1971 – Carla Gugino, American actress
  • 1969 – Jennifer Crittenden, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1968 – Meshell Ndegeocello, German-American singer-songwriter
  • 1967 – Anton Newcombe, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1967 – Neil Gorsuch, American judge
  • 1965 – Will Perdue, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1964 – Perri "Pebbles" Reid, American dance-pop and urban contemporary singer-songwriter
  • 1962 – Carl Banks, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1961 – Rodney McCray, American basketball player
  • 1960 – Todd English, American chef and author
  • 1960 – Tony MacAlpine, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1959 – Rebecca De Mornay, American actress
  • 1959 – Stephen Wolfram, English-American physicist and mathematician
  • 1959 – Timothy Shriver, American businessman and activist
  • 1958 – Michael Jackson, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actor (d. 2009)
  • 1957 – Jerry D. Bailey, American jockey and sportscaster
  • 1956 – Eddie Murray, American football player
  • 1956 – Mark Morris, American dancer and choreographer
  • 1956 – Steve Yarbrough, American novelist and short story writer
  • 1955 – Diamanda Galás, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1955 – Jack Lew, American lawyer and politician, 25th White House Chief of Staff
  • 1954 – Michael P. Kube-McDowell, American journalist, author, and academic
  • 1953 – David Boaz, American businessman and author
  • 1953 – James Quesada, Nicaraguan-American anthropologist and academic
  • 1952 – Dave Malone, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1952 – Don Schlitz, American Hall of Fame country music songwriter
  • 1952 – Karen Hesse, American author and poet
  • 1950 – Dave Reichert, American soldier and politician
  • 1950 – Doug DeCinces, American baseball player
  • 1950 – Frank Henenlotter, American director and screenwriter
  • 1949 – Stan Hansen, American wrestler and actor
  • 1948 – Robert S. Langer, American chemical engineer, entrepreneur, and academic
  • 1947 – Temple Grandin, American ethologist, academic, and author
  • 1946 – Bob Beamon, American long jumper
  • 1946 – Francine D. Blau, American economist and academic
  • 1945 – Wyomia Tyus, American runner
  • 1943 – Dick Halligan, American pianist and composer
  • 1942 – James Glennon, American cinematographer (d. 2006)
  • 1940 – Gary Gabelich, American race car driver (d. 1984)
  • 1940 – James Brady, American politician and activist, 15th White House Press Secretary (d. 2014)
  • 1939 – Joel Schumacher, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1938 – Elliott Gould, American actor and producer
  • 1938 – Robert Rubin, American lawyer and politician, 70th United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • 1937 – James Florio, American commander, lawyer, and politician, 49th Governor of New Jersey
  • 1936 – John McCain, American captain and politician
  • 1935 – William Friedkin, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1929 – Thom Gunn, English-American poet and academic (d. 2004)
  • 1927 – Jimmy C. Newman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2014)
  • 1926 – Betty Lynn, American actress
  • 1926 – Donn Fendler, American author and speaker (d. 2016)
  • 1924 – Dinah Washington, American singer and pianist (d. 1963)
  • 1922 – Arthur Anderson, American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1922 – John Edward Williams, American author and educator (d. 1994)
  • 1922 – Richard Blackwell, American actor, fashion designer, and critic (d. 2008)
  • 1920 – Charlie Parker, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1955)
  • 1920 – Herb Simpson, American baseball player (d. 2015)
  • 1920 – Otis Boykin, American inventor and engineer (d. 1982)
  • 1917 – Isabel Sanford, American actress (d. 2004)
  • 1916 – George Montgomery, American actor, stuntman, director, and producer (d. 2000)
  • 1916 – Luther Davis, American playwright and screenwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1915 – Nathan Pritikin, American nutritionist and author (d. 1985)
  • 1912 – Barry Sullivan, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1910 – Vivien Thomas, American surgeon and academic (d. 1985)
  • 1898 – Preston Sturges, American director and producer (d. 1959)
  • 1891 – Marquis James, American journalist and author (d. 1955)
  • 1876 – Charles F. Kettering, American engineer and businessman, founded Delco Electronics (d. 1958)
  • 1861 – Byron G. Harlan, American singer (d. 1936)
  • 1843 – David B. Hill, American lawyer and politician, 29th Governor of New York (d. 1910)
  • 1811 – Henry Bergh, American activist, founded the ASPCA (d. 1888)
  • 1809 – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., American physician and author (d. 1894)
  • 1792 – Charles Grandison Finney, American minister and author (d. 1875)
  • 1777 – Hyacinth, Russian religious leader, founded Sinology (d. 1853)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Gene Wilder, American stage and screen comic actor, screenwriter, film director, and author (b. 1933)
  • 2013 – Bruce C. Murray, American geologist and academic, co-founded The Planetary Society (b. 1931)
  • 2013 – Joan L. Krajewski, American lawyer and politician (b. 1934)
  • 2012 – Anne McKnight, American soprano (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Les Moss, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1925)
  • 2012 – Ruth Goldbloom, Canadian academic and philanthropist, co-founded Pier 21 (b. 1923)
  • 2012 – Shoshichi Kobayashi, Japanese-American mathematician and academic (b. 1932)
  • 2011 – Honeyboy Edwards, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1915)
  • 2008 – Michael Schoenberg, American geophysicist and theorist (b. 1939)
  • 2007 – Alfred Peet, Dutch-American businessman, founded Peet's Coffee & Tea (b. 1920)
  • 2007 – Richard Jewell, American police officer (b. 1962)
  • 2000 – Conrad Marca-Relli, American-Italian painter and academic (b. 1913)
  • 1995 – Frank Perry, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1930)
  • 1990 – Manly Palmer Hall, Canadian-American mystic and author (b. 1901)
  • 1987 – Archie Campbell, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1914)
  • 1987 – Lee Marvin, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 1985 – Evelyn Ankers, British-American actress (b. 1918)
  • 1982 – Lehman Engel, American composer and conductor (b. 1910)
  • 1981 – Lowell Thomas, American journalist and author (b. 1892)
  • 1979 – Gertrude Chandler Warner, American author and educator (b. 1890)
  • 1977 – Jean Hagen, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 1971 – Nathan Freudenthal Leopold Jr., American murderer (b. 1904)
  • 1968 – Ulysses S. Grant III, American general (b. 1881)
  • 1958 – Marjorie Flack, American author and illustrator (b. 1897)
  • 1946 – Adolphus Busch III, American businessman (b. 1891)
  • 1946 – John Steuart Curry, American painter and academic (b. 1897)
  • 1931 – David T. Abercrombie, American businessman, co-founded Abercrombie & Fitch (b. 1867)
  • 1917 – George Huntington Hartford, American businessman (b. 1833)
  • 1891 – Pierre Lallement, French businessman, invented the bicycle (b. 1843)
  • 1877 – Brigham Young, American religious leader, 2nd President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1801)
  • 1844 – Edmund Ignatius Rice, Irish missionary and educator, founded the Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers (b. 1762)
  • 1780 – Jacques-Germain Soufflot, French architect, co-designed The Panthéon (b. 1713)
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